Tri-County Youth Sports Daily
Topsail Middle School Eighth Grader – Pittman McEwen – Well Rounded Youth Athlete – Student – On or Off the Field and Court
Involvement in youth sports at a young age has a positive effect on young athletes. Participating in team sports gives kids an early start on learning life lessons. The simple things like learning to be a teammate. As an individual, a young athlete can learn the basics of the sport and improve social skills by being part of the team. While some young kids move on to other interests or activities, many remain active in sports in high school and beyond.
Topsail Middle School eighth grader Pittman McEwen began participating in youth sports at age 3 and currently is a four-sport athlete in middle school, Pittman started at age 3 playing soccer, age 4 basketball and at age 5 began playing baseball. McEwen participated in recreation basketball in Wilmington NC from ages 4-11 and began with TBA (Topsail Basketball Association) after moving to Hampstead NC. Pittman competed in the TBA program last year and will participate this winter as well.
Pittman got involved in baseball with the Supper Optimist Baseball program in Wilmington NC, Age 5-12. McEwen was a member of the 10U Supper Optimist All-Star team that won the Cal Ripken NC state championship.
School Sports – Topsail Middle School
6th Grade – Pittman Outfield position for Pirates Baseball.
7th Grade – Three Sport Athlete – Football, Basketball and baseball. McEwen a pitcher and outfielder for Pirates baseball.
8th Grade- Four Sport Athlete. Football – Offensive Tight End position. Baseball pitcher and outfield positions for Pirates. McEwen is the only 4 Sport Athlete at Topsail Middle School.
Pittman began his travel ball journey at age 8 playing baseball. He began competing with Team TaylorMade Mizuno in the fall of 2020 and is currently with the team.
McEwen plays a variety of positions for the team. His primary positions are pitcher and outfield for TaylorMade Mizuno.
Pittman also takes time, when not on the field, court or team practice works on his own to improve his game. He works with a personal trainer on speed and agility and football skills. In baseball McEwen does pitcher training sessions with a pitching coach.
Coaches comments about Pittman
- “Will work to do exactly what is ask of him”
- “Determined to meet or exceed expectations”
- “Strong work ethic on and off the field”
McEwens busy sports and athletic schedule does not affect his focus on academics. Pittman is an “A’ Student at Topsail Middle School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and very active in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).
Pitman’s love of sports encouraged him to write an essay “Life Lessons Through Baseball” in the third grade for “PTA Reflections Contest”. The essay won 1st Place for Literature in grades 3-5 in New Hanover County. In the state competition “Life Lessons Though Baseball earned 2nd Place in grades 3-5 for the state of North Carolina.
Pittman is also active in church and the community. He is a member of Saint Andrews on the Sound Episcopal Church where he acolytes and is active in two local youth organizations.
McEwen enjoys spending time with the Special Needs students at school and hopes to accompany them at the Special Olympic games in the spring.
“A Well-rounded Student Athletic on and off the field, court and community”